Led by Frank Corr, the rising indie pop/dream pop act Morning Silk can trace its origins back to when Corr was studying Architecture at The Rhode Island School of Design: Initially conceived as a side project while school took up most of his time, Corr was inspired to seriously pursue music once again after listening to MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular and Congratulations.
Most of the early material was mainly just guitar but the project’s sound and aesthetic gradually began to materialize when Corr linked up with Matthew Lancaster (bass, production). The ideas they started working on desperately needed drums. Robert Norris (drums) joined the project, and as a trio they began playing almost every venue across Rhode Island. Simultaneously, Corr was busy collecting gear, so they could build a studio in NYC. Immediately upon their graduation, the trio relocated to New York and landed jobs in order to finance their studio.
Working with a number of producers including Matthew Lancaster, Eamon Ford, Robert Norris and Caroline Sans, the rising New York-based indie pop/dream pop outfit’s full-length debut is slated for release later this year. The album’s first single “Don’t Try Hard Enough” is a dreamy hook driven bop centered around glistening synths, sinuous bass lines, Corr’s plaintive vocals, layered harmonies. While sonically bringing — to my ears, at least — MGMT and Tame Impala to mind, “Don’t Try Enough” as the band explains is a gentle reminder to the listener that it’s never too late to change the path and course of your life, to do what you want; you’ll just have to work for it more than ever, if you really want it.
“I wrote this song in the midst of quarantine,” Morning Silk’s Frank Corr recalls. “I learned a lot about myself and what it means to switch out your everyday routine for something you’ve always wanted to explore. It’s the same as anything but you have to make sure you’re putting everything into it, and no matter how much you give it might still not be enough for you. That’s how you know you’ve found something special.”